Donna McCarthy, Ph.D., RN

Donna McCarthy
Donna McCarthy, Ph.D., RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 235

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3820


Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Research Interests

My program of research addresses the pathobiology of illness symptoms, including fever, anorexia, and fatigue.




Professional Affiliations

American Nurses’ Association

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Oncology Nursing Society

Sigma Theta Tau


Hardy TM, Garnier-Villarreal M, McCarthy DO, Anderson RA, & Reynolds RM. (2018). Exploring the Ovarian Reserve Within Health Parameters: A Latent Class Analysis.  West J Nurs Res, 40(12), 1903-1918. 

Hardy TM, Ohlendorf J, Garniere-Villarreal M, & McCarthy DO.  Chronic stress and Ovarian Function in Female Childhood Cancer Survivors (in press). Oncology Nursing Forum.   

Gillespie, S.L., Neal, J.L., Christian, L.M., Szalacha, L.A., McCarthy, D.O., & Salsberry, P.J. (2017). Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Polymorphism and Birth Timing: Pathway Analysis among African American Women. Nursing Research, 66(2), 95-104.

Petersen, C.L., Callahan, M.F., McCarthy, D.O. & White-Traut R. (2017).  An online educational program improves pediatric oncology nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, and spiritual care competence.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 34(2), 130-139.

Hardy, T.M., McCarthy, D.O., Fourie, N.M., & Henderson, W.A. (2016).  Anti-Mullerian hormone levels and urinary cortisol in women with chronic abdominal pain.  Journal of Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing, 45 (6), 772-780.

Gillespie, S.L., Neal, J.L., Christian, L.M., Szalacha, L.A., McCarthy, D.O., & Salsberry, P.J. (2016). An IL1RN polymorphism predicts early birth among African American women.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(10), 1391-1392.  

Ford, J.L., Boch, S.J. & McCarthy, D.O. (2016). Feasibility of hair collection for cortisol measurement in population research on adolescent health. Nursing Research, 65, 249-55.

Norden, D.M., McCarthy, D.O. Reiser, Godbout, J.P. & Wold, L.E. (2015) Ibuprofen Ameliorates Fatigue- and Depressive-like Behavior in Tumor-bearing Mice. Life Sciences, 143, 65-70.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O. Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Emerging areas of nursing science and Ph.D. education for the 21st Century: Response to commentaries. Nursing Outlook, 63, 439-445.

Conley, Y.P., Heitkemper, M., McCarthy, D., et al. (2015). Educating future nursing scientists: Recommendations for integrating omics content in Ph.D. Programs. Nursing Outlook, 63, 417-427.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O. Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Emerging areas of science: Recommendations for nursing science education. Nursing Outlook, 63,398-407.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O. Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Integrating emerging areas of science into Ph.D. programs. Nursing Outlook, 63, 408-416.

Corwin, E.J., Pajer, K., Paul, S., Lowe, N., Weber, M., & McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Bidirectional psychoneuroimmune interactions in the early postpartum period influence risk of postpartum depression. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. Epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1016/j.bbi.2015.04.012

Stevens, S.C.W., Velten, M., Youtz, D.J., Clark, Y., Jing, R., Reiser, P.J., Bicer, S., Devine, R.D., McCarthy, D.O. & Wold, L.E. (2015). Losartan treatment attenuates tumor-induced myocardial dysfunction. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 85, 37-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.05.007.

Norden, D.M., Devine, R., McCarthy, D.O. & Wold, L.E. (2015). Storage conditions and passages alter IL-6 secretion in C26 adenocarcinoma cells. MethodsX, 2, 53-58.

Norden, D.M., Devine, R., Bicer, S., Jing, R., Reiser, P.J., Wold, L.E., Godbout, J.P. & McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Fluoxitine prevents the development of depressive-like behavior in a mouse model of cancer-related fatigue. Physiology and Behavior, 140, 230-235.

Neal, J.L., Lamp, J.M., Lowe, N.K., Gillespie, S.L., Sinnott, L.T. & McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Differences in inflammatory markers between nulliparous women admitted to hospitals in preactive vs active labor. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 212, 68.e-18.

Clark, Y.Y., Szalacha, L., Wold, L.E., McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Ubiquinol reduces muscle wasting but not fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. Biological Research in Nursing, 17,321-9.

Sribanditmongkol, S., Neal, J.L., Szalacha, L.A. & McCarthy, D.O.(2015).Effect of Perceived Stress on Cytokine Production in Healthy College Students. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37, 481-93.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Service Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2015

Senior Scientist Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, March, 2013


DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: September 2016 – June 2018. Chronic stress and reproductive function in female cancer survivors. PI: T. Hardy, sponsor: McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, 1R01: February, 2012-December, 2016; $2,219,595.
Muscle Function and Depression-like Behavior in a Mouse Model of Cancer-related Fatigue. PI: D. McCarthy 2/2012-8/2013, co-I 8/2013-12/2016.

DHHS, PHS, NINR, R21: July, 2013 – June, 2015. Linking biological and social pathways to adolescent health and well being. PI: Ford, coinvestigator: McCarthy

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